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October 27, 2010

The LA Times: 'The GOP is Racist Because Dems Vote Against Their Candidates'

The LA Times struggles to manufacture some Republican racism:

If election night goes his way, as many expect it will, Tim Scott of South Carolina will become a figure Washington has not seen in nearly a decade: a black Republican in Congress.
"The Republican Party — it's amazing — as much as they have said that they want to be an inclusive party, they've really largely been exclusive," said Dewey Clayton, a professor of political science at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

"Yes, it is wonderful they have an African American running in South Carolina and some other races around the country," Clayton said. "Does that make a huge breakthrough? I don't know."

But the last time I checked, it's the racist Democrats who don't elect black Republican candidates to Congress. Any racism on the part of the GOP would be expressed in the primaries wouldn't it? So how racist were the GOP primaries?

Not very.

Thirteen of the record 33 black candidates seeking Republican nominations for Congress won in their states' GOP primaries. But they did so with very little support from African-American voters, who have cast their ballots for Democrats by overwhelming margins since the early 1970s.
Yeah. 40% of black GOP candidates succeeded in capturing their nominations. And it was largely white GOP voters who supported them. I would say that this year's primaries show that racism was absolutely not a factor for the GOP.*

And if only one of those 13 nominees is elected, as the LA Times predicts, it'll be pretty clear where the real problem with racism lies.

*2010 is just one year, so it could be argued that this many nominees is a fluke. Except:

“In 1994 and 2000, there were 24 black G.O.P. nominees,” said Donna Brazile, a Democratic political strategist who ran Al Gore’s presidential campaign and who is black. “And you didn’t see many of them win their elections.”
Yup, you sure didn't.

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